One popular arts project that many students enjoy is the presentation of an annual drama or musical. At St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, students in grades 4-8 present a musical every spring. "We've put on dramas and musicals for almost twenty years," said Matt Zurek, Parent in Charge of SJA's 2019 musical. "This year is The Wizard of Oz; in the past we've done Aladdin, Seussical, The Little Mermaid, and Mulan, to name a few."
This is Zurek's first year as Drama Coordinator, but he and his wife have been involved in the productions since 2006, as volunteers, when their oldest child was in her first show. "Students start in October with auditions, and practice weekly until the performances in April," he explained. "A majority of the kids perform, but we also have 5-10 students who work the lighting, sound, and other backstage jobs. Everything else is done by parent volunteers, including building sets, making props, and selling tickets."
The students who participate benefit greatly from the experience. "The kids build self-confidence, time management skills, and teambuilding skills, as they spend several months together working on the performance," said Zurek. "Many students go on to perform in high school productions, and several kids who got their start in SJA Drama are now studying theater arts in college."
This year's presentations of The Wizard of Oz will be Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 pm in the St. Joan of Arc school gym. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students, available at the door. "I think people who attend are impressed at the quality of shows we present," added Zurek. "That's a reflection of the Director, De Haddad, from Kidz Kabaret in Naperville, who works so hard with the kids and brings out the best in them. The other important factor in each show's success is the dedicated parents who volunteer their time and professional talents." For more information, please contact:
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and Church
Pre-K through 8th grade
820 Division Street, Lisle, IL